Volume III  Page 56  §  Reincarnation and Karma: I

DISCOURSES by Meher Baba

of life either in the subtle world through the subtle body, or in the mental world through the mental body.
        Ordinarily, life in the physical body is terminated only when the sanskaras released for expression in that incarnation are all worked out. Effects of untimely death In some exceptional cases the soul has to give up its gross body before the working out of these sanskaras is completed. For example, the man who commits suicide cuts short the period of his life artificially and thereby prevents the working out of those sanskaras which were released for fructification. When, due to untimely death, the sanskaras released for fructification are withheld from expression, the discarnate soul remains subject to the propelling force of these sanskaras even after the physical body has been discarded. The momentum of the sanskaras which were prevented from being worked out is retained even in life after death, with the result that the departed spirit greatly desires the things of the gross world.
         In such cases, the discarnate soul experiences an irresistible impulsion towards the gross world, and craves for gross objects so badly that it seeks gratification of its desires through the gross body of those souls which are still incarnate. Obsessions Thus the soul may want so much to drink wine that it takes to unnatural methods of gratifying the craving. It awaits its opportunity. When it finds some person drinking wine in the gross world it satisfies its own desire through that person by possessing his physical body. In the same way, if it wants to experience the gross manifestations of crude anger, it does so through a person in the gross world who is feeling angry. Such souls are constantly waiting to meet and obsess some incarnate persons of similar sanskaras, and